人们经常来找我说:”我与神有了新的关系。”但我说:”你是与罪有新的关系了吗?因为如果你与罪没有新的关系,你与神就没有关系。” – Paul Washer

保罗·华许 – 你渴慕神吗?

我不认为爱只是做正确的事。我不认为爱只是守诫命。
我不认为爱只是恒久忍耐,又有恩慈。
当爱行出来时会是如此,但那不是爱。
爱是激情。
让我问你一个问题,“你是否对神有一个激情?”,“你是否渴望神?”
“你的心是否切慕神?”是的,有时我们的心会迟钝。
是的,有时我们需要被激励。是的,有时
我们的眼睛被不该吸引的事物所吸引。是的,我们都会挣扎。
但某人若看你的生命,他们能否说,“这人有一个激情,
不是为服侍,不是为传道,不是为传福音,而是为神。”
神在人心中真正动工的证据是你会开始恨恶你曾爱恋的罪,
而且你会爱你曾忽视的义。问题不是,“你同意吗?”
或者“你受到挑战了吗?”问题是,“在你的生命中,这是否是一个现实?”
是的吗?年轻的女士,年轻的男士,年长的女士,
年长的男士,在黄金期的中年男士?
在你的生命中,这是否是一个现实?你是否有继续增加对罪的恨恶
和对义的爱慕?就是这个问题。
所以问题不是,“你想去做正确的事吗?”或“你想有道德吗?”
或“你想过一个好的生活吗?”问题是,“你渴望神吗?”
我恨恶这样的讲道,“上等人士,你有一个美好的生活,
你有一个很漂亮的家,你有一份十分体面的工作,你有一位很美丽的
妻子和一又四分之一个小孩。你有三辆车,有斯巴鲁,还有雪佛兰,
你有一份非常好的工作。你有一个很美好的生活。一切都十分完美。
你只缺一样:你缺耶稣。”这是你所能说的最恶劣的事了。
如此说更为恰当,“先生,你的生命毫无价值。
在耶稣基督之外,它毫无价值。”
他不是一个上等人士放在他生命上的一个小小的附件,
好像放在冰激凌上面的樱桃一样。你拥有耶稣,
而且耶稣拥有你,否则你被荒废了,被浪费了,迷失了。
所以问题不是,“你是否想过一个更好的生活”,“你是否想去上天堂?”
“你是否想去修复你的婚姻?”,“你是否渴望所有的这一切?”不是如此。
你渴望神吗?你渴望他吗?
每个人都知道他是一个罪人,
只是他们没有意识到这有何等邪恶,何等败坏,
他们也不愿意放弃所选择的如水一般喝的罪孽。
你看问题不是,“你是否意识到了你是一个罪人?”
问题是,“先生,在我对你讲话时,也许是长期的门徒训练,
先生,在我与你分享并门徒训练你时,
神在你的心中做了什么?”
人总来到我这里,“我与神有一个新的关系。”但我说,
“你是否与罪有一个新的关系?因为你若没有与罪有一个新的关系,
你就没有与神有一个关系。”
神是否有借着圣灵在你的心中动了一个超自然的工,以至于尽管
你在此之前过了一个忽视神,恨恶神的生活;
你现在却看神高于一切事物,你渴望神胜过一切事物。
神是无限的。
天堂会是对神的荣耀的无限追逐和无限追寻。
但大多数人不想要它,甚至大多数参加福音派教会的人不真的
想要它,我可以证明:他们现在不想要它。你若现在不想要它,
你那时也不会想要它,因为永生不是在你死了上天堂之后才开始。
他说,认识你(独一的真神),这就是永生。认识你,
这是在神重生你的心并向你显现的那一刻时开始。
这个地方应当是一个矛盾。
第一浸信会教会在每一个方面都该显为一个矛盾。
我们的神学应该很高,甚至在某种程度上该被成为学术性的。
人们认为我们唯一思考的是神学和真理,然而当
带领敬拜的人站到这里时,这个地方该变为疯狂之地!
你渴望他吗?

Paul Washer – Do You Desire God?

I don’t believe Love is just doing the right
thing. I don’t believe love is just keeping
commandments and I don’t believe love is
just being patient and kind and …
that’s what love looks like when it walks and talks
but that’s not love.
Love is Passion.
Let me ask you a question, “Do You Have
A Passion For God?”, “Do You Desire Him?”,
“Do You Long For Him?” Yes, we all go
through times in which our hearts are dull.
Yes, we go through times when we need to be
encouraged. Yes, we all go through times when
our eyes are mesmerized by things they should
not be. Yes, we all struggle in that but if
someone would look at your life would they
say, “This person has a passion, not for
ministry, not for missions, not for evangelism,
but for God.”
The sign of a genuine work of God in the heart
is that you began to hate the sin you once
loved and to love the righteousness you once
ignored. The question is not, “Do you agree
with that?”, or “Are you challenged?”
The question is, “Is that a reality in your life?”
Is it, young lady, young man, elderly
woman, elderly man, middle age man in the
prime of life? Is it a reality in your life?
Are you continuing to grow in your hatred
of sin and your love for righteousness? That’s
the question.
So it’s not a question, “Do you want to
do the right thing?” or “Do you want to
be moral?” or “Do you want to have a good
life?” It is this, “Do you desire Him?”
I hate preaching that goes something like
this, “You know you got a wonderful life
there, yuppie. You got a really nice house,
a really nice job and you got a really beautiful
wife and you got 1.2-5 children. And you got
three cars, and Subaru’s and Suburbans and
you just have a great job. You got a great
life. Everything fits perfectly in place.
You just lack one thing: you lack Jesus.”
That is the most disgusting thing that you
could ever say. What would be more appropriate
to say is “Sir, your life is nothing.
It has no value at all apart from Jesus Christ.”
He is not some little accessory that a yuppie
puts on top of his life as though it were
cherry on top of ice cream. You have Jesus
and Jesus has you or you are barren and wasted
and lost.
So it’s not a question of “Do you want
a better life?”, “Do you want to go to
heaven?”, “Do you want to fix your marriage?”,
“Do you want all these things? No.
Do you want God? Do you desire Him?
Everyone knows they are a sinner, they just
don’t realize how heinous and terrible that
is, nor do they want to let go of the very
thing that they choose to drink down as though
it were water. You see the question is not,
“Do you recognize you are a sinner?”
The question is, “Sir, as I was speaking to
you, or maybe it’s long term discipleship
over a period of time, Sir as I was sharing
with you and discipling you,
“What has God done to your heart?”
People come to me all the time, “I have
a new relationship with God” But I say,
“Do you have a new relationship with sin
because if you do not have a new relationship
with sin, you don’t have a relationship
with God.”
Has God done such a supernatural work in your
heart through the Holy Spirit that although
prior to that you lived a life of ignoring
God; of hating God.
You now see Him as esteemed above all
things and you desire Him above all things.
God is infinite.
Heaven will be an infinite chase, an
infinite tracking down of the glories of God.
But most don’t want that even most
who attend evangelical churches don’t really
want that and I can prove it: they don’t
want it now. If you don’t want it now, you
won’t want it then because eternal life
doesn’t begin with dying and going to heaven.
He says, this is eternal life that they may
know You, know You and that begins the moment
He regenerates your heart and reveals to you…
this place ought to be a contradiction.
First Baptist Church a muscle shows ought to be
a contradiction in every sense of the term.
Our theology should be high and even it should
be called academic into some degree.
People should think that the only thing we think
about is theology and truth and yet, when
the worship leader gets up here This Place
Ought To Go Wild!
Do you desire Him?

Paul Washer’s Bio

保罗-大卫-华许(Paul David Washer,1961年出生),美国新教基督教传道人,加尔文主义神学,隶属于南方浸信会。

保罗华许在德克萨斯大学奥斯汀分校学习成为一名石油和天然气律师时皈依了基督教。他搬到秘鲁,在那里当了10年传教士。 1988年,在秘鲁期间,Washer 成立了 HeartCry 传教协会,以支持土著传教士向本民族文化的人作见证。Washer 后来回到美国,自2010年起居住在弗吉尼亚州的拉德福德,继续担任 HeartCry 的传教主任。

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